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Red Wings' Eaves out 2-4 weeks; Kindl day-to-day

Friday, 09.20.2013 / 3:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Training Camp 2013 blog

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Red Wings' Eaves out 2-4 weeks; Kindl day-to-day

Sprains to his left MCL and ankle suffered in Thursday's practice will sideline Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves 2-4 weeks, general manager Ken Holland said on Friday.

Eaves joined forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin), defenseman Brendan Smith (groin), forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor), center Darren Helm (groin, lower back) and defenseman Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) on the Red Wings' injured list.

"At the end of the day, all of the injuries, other than Eaves, are day-to-day, hip flexors, groins, sore lower backs," Holland said. "Obviously, they've been skating here, you come to Traverse City and it's another level of demand on the body and it's day after day after day after day. Then you go to the preseason and you have people fighting for jobs, so pretty well everything that we've got is day-to-day. We're going to be pretty precautionary. Why run the risk of injuring a regular for a preseason game?"

Kindl got hurt in the second period of Detroit's 8-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday when he said his skate caught a rut while retrieving the puck from behind the net.

"I feel better than I thought," Kindl said. "The shift right after I started feeling the hip flexor. We all decided it would be better if I stay off. Otherwise it would probably get worse so it was a good call."

Franzen said he will play Saturday against the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena, but the rest are all doubtful for the weekend.

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